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Clarkson University is a little research diamond in the hinterlands of Northern NY (with additional facilities in Beacon and Schenectady), focusing primarily on engineering and business, as well as "building students that can instantly contribute to the work force without extra training." The Clarkson community supports "a collaborative and unique environment for students" with multiple group projects and assignments throughout the semester, requiring students "to work together and to get to know everyone very well." Classes impart technical skills but also "focus on soft skills, which sets you apart when hunting for jobs." One of the university's greatest strengths is "the ability for students of any grade level to have hands-on innovative experience and work with renowned professors on research." The student project teams that Clarkson offers are unique and "extremely valuable opportunit[ies] to take what you learn in class and apply it to real life" with different focuses throughout the year like research, design, manufacturing and competition. Project teams at Clarkson compete with hundreds of schools across the world. The alumni relations are very strong at Clarkson, and "alumni seem to have a very strong pull to help the school in which they earned their degree, which definitely shows in the career opportunities."

Classes are "hard but manageable." Teachers work with students and "allow them opportunities to improve their grades through bonus points or to retake exams as part of finals." The Career Center is always available and "continuously working to get as many Clarkson students jobs/internships as possible." All classes are taught by professors, but TAs are at the ready for any questions or help at all hours. Clarkson also offers the Adirondack Semester, which is a local study abroad program focused on a real-world project. All classes taken on this semester are environmentally themed, and "you get to directly apply this knowledge to real world issues."

Student Body

Students say Clarkson is "a small school" where "every major has a very distinct type" and "everyone is welcoming and willing to help out each other." The school is predominantly male, but "the number of females attending [have] increased greatly" in recent years. Since Clarkson is a short drive away from the Adirondack Park, "there is a shared passion for sustainability and love for the environment" among students, many of whom have first-hand experience through the school's Adirondack semester. A lot of people come from rural or suburban areas and "are already used to the environment" Clarkson is situated in. Clarkson has "a very social atmosphere, even with stereotypical engineering students." Classmates "will generally go an extra mile to help another classmate," and there is "this invisible hand that, somehow and someway, makes every single student become self-driven."

Campus Life

Clarkson has over 200 student organizations to choose from, so "people always have something to do...and you usually don't see students sitting in their room doing nothing." It's a "very fast-paced community," and when people are not studying or working on projects they are "swing dancing, coding, building snowmobiles, outreach," and more. When not focusing on academics, students usually "play video games either in their rooms or in the Student Center" or make use of our athletics facilities. The school always sponsors "movies, comedians, or magicians on the weekends," and hockey games are extremely popular in the fall. During the winter time there is "a very dense population at Clarkson who enjoy skiing and snowboarding," and the popular Outing Club organizes hikes and trips to the nearby Adirondacks.

Overview

Applicants
7,066
Acceptance Rate
68%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

49%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
13%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 663
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
480 - 590

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 690

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
24 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — December 1

Regular — January 15


Other Admission Factors

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Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14.1:1
Total Faculty
363
with Terminal Degree
283

250
Men
113
Women
65
Minority
33
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
72%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Molecular Biochemistry

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Information Systems and Services

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Software Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Engineering/Industrial Management

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Michael L Sarafin
NASA Flight Director

Thomas Zacharia
Deputy Director for Science and Technology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Barney Adams
Founder of Adams Golf

Paul D Tonko
New York State Congress

Bob Chiarelli
Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Canada

Jean Spence
Executive Vice President for Mondelez International

Daniel Heintzelman
Vice Chairman, General Electric

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
57%
Graduate in 5 years
72%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$61,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$111,000

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$63,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$117,000

Percent High Job Meaning
62%

Percent STEM
72%


Students Say

The typical Clarkson University graduate has a starting salary of around $59,936, and 58 percent report that their job has a great deal of meaning. Students feel that Clarkson has "an amazing placement rate" but that it could do a better job with "non-engineering majors." Some students report that Clarkson has "a huge alumni network which helps the current students find internships and research opportunities." Really? you ask. "Really," they say, "You have to try to not get one."

Dates

Application Deadlines
Mar 1
Notification Date
Feb 17

Required Forms

FAFSA
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,293

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,647

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,193

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
85%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,500

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$16,050

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$46,700
Required Fees
$1,250
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,432

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,876
Transportation for Commuters
$2,168

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,794
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

HEOP
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,268
Foreign Countries Represented
22

Demographics

3.05%
Asian
2.36%
African-American
4.72%
Hispanic
82.75%
Caucasian
1.92%
Unknown
2.36%
International

30% female
70% male
27% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
82%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of AccessABILITY Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Loren E. Nowak

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended in 2008, the Office of AccessABILITY Services provides equal access to educational programs and safeguards against discrimination for qualified students with disabilities as defined by the ADA. The ADA defines a person with a disability as any person who • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities • Has a record of such an impairment • Is regarded as having such an impairment In order for AccessABILITY Services to determine if a student's condition meets the standard defined by the law, an evaluative intake interview will be conducted with the student and any additional documentation supplied will be reviewed. All decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and any additional information requested following the intake interview will be used to determine the current functional limitations caused by the disability and reasonable modifications in an academic or residential setting. Decisions made by the Office of AccessABILITY Services may not translate to other institutions or be applicable for high-stakes exams such as the GRE, FE, MCAT, etc.

Documentation Required for ADHD

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended in 2008, the Office of AccessABILITY Services provides equal access to educational programs and safeguards against discrimination for qualified students with disabilities as defined by the ADA. The ADA defines a person with a disability as any person who • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities • Has a record of such an impairment • Is regarded as having such an impairment In order for AccessABILITY Services to determine if a student's condition meets the standard defined by the law, an evaluative intake interview will be conducted with the student and any additional documentation supplied will be reviewed. All decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and any additional information requested following the intake interview will be used to determine the current functional limitations caused by the disability and reasonable modifications in an academic or residential setting. Decisions made by the Office of AccessABILITY Services may not translate to other institutions or be applicable for high-stakes exams such as the GRE, FE, MCAT, etc.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
No

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

Computer allowed in exams
No

Spellchecker allowed in exams
No

Extended test time
No

Scribes
No

Proctors
No

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
No

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
235
Number of Honor Societies
23

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
4

13% join a fraternity
14% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

61% participate in intramural sports
12% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Golden Knights)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Swimming
Women's Sports (Golden Knights)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: See http://www.clarkson.edu/pipeline/

Minority Support Groups: See http://www.clarkson.edu/pipeline/

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

“Defy Convention” is one of the guiding principles of this New York state institution, and that mantra has led Clarkson University to pursue sustainability policies in their own unique way. For instance, Clarkson University has a number of ‘unconventional’ environmental initiatives such as a “No Styrofoam” policy on campus, a commitment to keeping designated areas of campus “forever wild,” and a policy to limit the loss of trees eight inches in diameter or greater during construction. Clarkson has also adopted green building policies, such as a commitment to meeting LEED Silver criteria on all current and future construction. The Technology Advancement Center exceeded that requirement, having achieved LEED Gold. The university hosts a “Take It or Leave It” event at the end of the school year to reduce the stream of trash during move-out weekend, and to give students an opportunity to acquire free, used goods. The Clarkson Institute for a Sustainable Environment sponsors workshops, seminars, and a Sustainability Fund program, as well as undergraduate and graduate-level research experiences on a variety of projects around clean energy, clean water, ecology, and air quality. Students are involved in a range of projects that provide hands-on experience as they make campus more sustainable. Students designed and are operating a year round cold-climate greenhouse, collect food waste from campus kitchens and apartments to feed an anaerobic digester, and build bridges and develop maps for Clarkson’s woods, wetland and river areas. Interdisciplinary minors in sustainable energy systems engineering and sustainable solutions for the developing world are available.

86/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
46

Average Number of PC's per Lab
6

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Lenovo Dell HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Brian T. Grant
VP for Enrollment & Student Advancement

Address
8 Clarkson Ave, Box 5605
Potsdam, NY 13699

Phone
800-527-6577

Email
admission@clarkson.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Center Forum & Java City
Wooded Recreational Trails
Cheel Campus Center & Arena
Adirondack Lodge
Residence Hall Rooms

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Adirondack Park
Lake Placid - The Olympic Village
Ottawa, Canada's Capital
Montreal
Downtown Restaurants and Coffee Shops
Azure Mountain and Whiteface Mountain

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@clarkson.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Mon-Thurs, 1 night only, for accepted students

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Massena (23 miles) and Ogdensburg (29 miles) airports both offer commuter flights. Other airports include Watertown (1.5 hours away), Syracuse (2.5 hours away), and Ottawa and Montreal (each 2 hours away). Car rentals are available from all airports. Trailways of New York (800-858-8555) also offers bus service to Potsdam.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The Office of Admissions is located in Holcroft House, a gold house located immediately on your left after entering campus through the main entrance on Maple Street (Route 11).

Local Accommodations
The Clarkson Inn, Potsdam http://www.clarksoninn.com; Hampton Inn, Potsdam http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/new-york/hampton-inn-potsdam-OGSPCHX/index.html


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